STAFF REPORTER
THE first phase of Palma's tram project running from the Avenidas, to Can Pastilla and out to the airport, will be put out for public scrutiny next month, the Balearic government confirmed yesterday.

Exhibiting the plans for the construction programme will give local authorities, businesses, property owners, security forces and all other institutions an opportunity to reach consensus over the route and to put forward legitimate objections.

As soon as the project is agreed, said the government, construction on the 150 million programme can get under way.
This first stage of the project will run from Avenida Conde Sallent, down the Avenidas and turn off in the direction of Es Molinar, Ciutat Jardin, Coll den Rebassa and Can Pastilla. From there it will then branch off and head for the airport.

The Spanish Airports Authority, AENA, has laid out a set of restrictions for the regional Transport ministry to which the tram route needs to adhere, but once these are in place, the tram will then be able to reach the arrivals area of the airport.

The works on the 10 kilometre first phase are expected to take between 18 and 24 months to complete but it will ultimately depend on what final version of the project is agreed by the parties who have the power to influence the route.

The Playa de Palma reform project, for example, is inextricably bound up with the tram construction programme. There are plans for major road alterations to be made in Can Pastilla to prevent the tram and traffic competing for limited space.

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